Bonnie Burton:

Bonnie is a San Francisco-based author, journalist, comedian, actress and show host. From 2003 to 2012, she worked as a Senior Editor for Star and staff writer for Star Wars Insider magazine, and was the Senior Editor of the Official Star Wars Blog.

Bonnie writes for SFX Magazine,, Crave, and has written for Wired, Star Wars Insider, Geek, Bust, Craft, Organic Gardening and Huffington Post. Hosts web shows “Geek DIY” for Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, “Vaginal Fantasy” Book Club Show on Geek & Sundry, and “Ask Bonnie.” She is the co-founder of #VandalEyes with Anne Wheaton. Learn more on her site:

Burton’s books include The Star Wars Craft Book (Random House), You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing), Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books), Girls Against Girls: Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change (Zest Publishing), Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Planets in Peril (DK Readers) and Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers (Apress).

Check out her Wikipedia page, where you can read much more about this amazing creature.

Check out her books here.

Abigail Larson:

Abigail began drawing with ink and painting with watercolor. She has recently developed a taste for flat digital coloring in addition to traditional media. Her biggest influences are Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Seuss, and many classic gothic works of fiction, such as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” just to name a couple. Her greatest artistic influences have been Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, John William Waterhouse, and Edward Gorey.

Abigail’s work has been featured in many galleries across the United States and Europe, such as the Museum of American Illustrators in New York, The Poe Museum of Richmond, and Gallery Nucleus in California, and she has participated in many group gallery shows including Halloween Town’s annual “Tribute to the Haunted Mansion” and Creature Features’ “October Shadows” shows – not to mention prestigious venues in London, Paris, and Madrid.
Her work has been featured in various publications including “Spectrum Fantastic Art,” “Art Fundamentals” and “Digital Artist” as well as several independent publishing houses. Her first fully illustrated children’s book, “Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World” was released in 2013. She is currently illustrating a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Rebekah Joy Plett:

The girl with a pet bird of prey

Taught it to hunt and to play

Then once in the park

It was dressed as a shark

And scared all the children away

Rebekah Joy Plett likes to draw and write for children as if they were adults. She believes in monsters and curiosity and eating dessert whenever.






D.M. Cunningham:

When asked to describe myself in a brief bio I often sit and stare off into the distance as the story of who I am plays out. I’m an interesting bird of sorts. In literary terms I’m a Roald Dahl and Stephen King book smooshed together, balancing a mix of quirky, dark, funny, and sentimental. In movie terms I’m John Hughes characters trapped in a John Carpenter film. Some may find it odd that I write for both children and horror loving fiends. The reality is, all of our best monsters come from childhood. I have chosen to embrace them on a daily basis in my books, screenplays, comics and texts to my wonderful agent. I play with the big kids at the movie studios and roll around in the grass with literary giants in their fields. Some day, I hope to have my own field with my own playground where my monsters will roam free. Member: WGA, SCBWI

You can read D.M.’s middle grade adventure novel Niles Wormwart, Accidental Villain NOW!




Rob Hart:

Rob Hart is the associate publisher at, the class director at LitReactor, and co-host of LitReactor’s podcast, Unprintable.

Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York.

Rob is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella, and his short stories have appeared in Shotgun HoneyCrime FactoryThuglit, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir. He has a short story published in Kwik Krimes, an anthology edited by Otto Penzler.

He lives in New York City with his wife and two cats, one of whom he suspects is a Cylon.

His gritty noir novel NEW YORKED and its sequel CITY OF ROSE are set to release in June 2015 and Spring 2016 respectively. You can preorder New Yorked here.

Advanced Praise for New Yorked:

“Now that even farthest Brooklyn has yuppie bankers all up in its business, it’s nice to be reminded that this city still has places only the dead and Rob Hart know. The New York of New Yorked is a place of heartbreak and murder I highly recommend you visit.” 
—Josh Bazell, New York Times bestselling author of Beat the Reaper
“Apparently an adept at the noir genre somehow created the literary version of The Warriors. I have never savored so many seeds in a ‘seedy underbelly,’ and when Hart finishes his next book, I am buying it instantly.” 
—Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham
“One part Dennis Lehane, one part Lee Child, and one part pure Rob Hart, New Yorked is a dark, gritty love story to its eponymous city, and to one lost girl, which blends both mystery and romance while turning the two genres into something altogether new.” 
—Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls
“With a deft eye for the dirt under its polished fingernails, Rob Hart finds the rotten core inside today’s Big Apple—a city that many people think is too clean, too safe to be home for any modern crime fiction. In New Yorked, Hart proves them wrong in spectacular fashion, giving a debut that echoes Richard Price at his best.” 
—Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce and editor of Thuglit




Jody Gehrman:

Jody Gehrman is the author of several YA and adult novels and numerous plays. Her YA novel The Truth About Jack recently launched Entangled’s CRUSH line. Her other YA novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin’s Dial Books). Babe in Boyland won the International Reading Association Teen Choice Award and has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel. Her adult erotic novella Bombshell was featured in Cosmo magazine and has just been made into an audiobook. Her other adult novels are Notes from the BackseatTart, and Summer in the Land of Skin (recently reissued as part of HQN’s New Adult Digital Box Set) (Red Dress Ink).

Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English at Mendocino College.



Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft FB Page



Nicole Steinhaus / Brooklyn Skye:

Nicole Steinhaus writes YA fiction (contemporary and suspense), teaches during the week, and is an associate editor for Entangled Publishing under Stacy Cantor Abrams. She’s an avid reader of YA and likes to think she’s the “cool” sort of nerd.

She writes under the pen name Brooklyn Skye. Last year she self published a contemporary New Adult romance Stripped which hit many Amazon Best Seller lists. Her YA suspense, Fragile Line, follows a sixteen-year-old girl’s harrowing journey past proper diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder is out now!

YA community blog she founded, YA Stands.



Nicole’s Twitter

Brooklyn’s Twitter

Brooklyn’s Website

Anne Tibbets:

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Best Selling author. Anne found her way to young and new adult fiction by following what she loves: strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals. Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Her New Adult speculative fiction Carrier (Book #1 in The Line Series) is available here and book #2 in The Line Series: Walled is available here.





Brianna Shrum:

Hello all! There will be no third-person here. Because, well, my brain doesn’t quite function that way. So, a little about me. I’ve been writing since I was a wee bairn on my grandpa’s knee. We wrote fantastically silly poetry together. I never even considered, however, that being an author was possible. Once I finally realized that it was, though, that was it.

So, now, I’m a writer of books. I love all things dark, twisty, and strange…I have a love for fairy tales and villains and things that go bump in the night. But meet me in real life, and you would have zero idea. I’m rather sunny, and extremely nerdy, and would rather do karaoke in a room full of people than brood in a dark, shadowy corner.

I live in Colorado with my husband (who is also my high school sweetheart. Cue the ‘Awww’) and my crazy toddler.  We read him lots of stories. We’re story people.

My debut novel, Never, Never, is a retelling of Peter Pan, from the perspective of the infamous Captain Hook. It’s, yep, you guessed it, dark and twisty. Never, Never releases Fall 2015. You can pre-order here. My second YA novel How to Make Out releases from Sky Pony Press in 2016.



Writer Diaries



Emily MacGowan:

With a degree in theoretical astrophysics under her belt and a career in investment banking, it seemed obvious that Emily MacGowan would spend her free time pursuing her love of young-adult fiction. Not. Really not. Sleep was the obvious choice.

By day, Emily’s life is filled with math and logic, but at night her creative side takes over as she writes tales of vast alien worlds, frightening possible futures and strange, twisted romances. Emily loves SF in all its forms, as long as it has some grounding in… well… science. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking something unpronounceable (and vegetarian) with a list of dozens of glorious spices. If you’ve never heard of it, she’s probably cooking it. Right now. (Actually, not, since she’s in Australia. So she’s probably asleep.) Emily’s first novel, Catapulted Heart, is a young-adult/science-fiction story about first love, and first contact.


Lucy Ivey:

Lucy Ivey is a chocolate cupcake eating, purple polish wearing, scary movie watching school counselor who loves to write.

She grew up in Cincinnati and currently lives with her family near the sweet-smelling town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Although she began writing stories during her teenage years, it wasn’t until years later that she completed her first novel. Lucy is thankful for the two decades between start and finish because she credits the inspirations for her characters, plots and crazy one-liners from the experiences and people throughout her roller-coaster of a ride she calls life.



Jared Agard:

I am Jared Agard and I have been writing stories since I was five and drawing since I can remember. The folded paper, stapled down the seam, books I wrote in elementary school were heralded as genius by my first grade teacher and, of course, by my Mom. Writing and Art have remained a huge part of my life thanks to their encouragement.

I have been enamored with writers who can get young people to read. By day, I am a High School Learning Specialist and I have worked with my share of students that despise books. Becoming one of those noble authors who can make reading interesting for the reluctant readers of our younger generation has continually inspired me, but also just the thrill of writing something that creeps me out or makes people laugh. It has also come to my attention recently, that I really enjoy putting protagonists in horrible situations. Kind of sick, I guess, but, oh well.

I live in Beaverton, Oregon with my wife, who I am often told is far too attractive to be married to me, and my three awesome boys. We also have a dog that I think deserves the title of the most pathetic canine to walk the earth. I love cartoons, super hero movies, chili dogs, and an occasional rootbeer float.

My middle grade horror The Living Bones releases Fall 2015.


Tymothy Longoria:

My name is Tymothy…and I’m…a Writer.

Everyone say: Hello, Tymothy.

Jokes aside I prefer the informal “I’m too cool for third-person bio” to the third-person but…okay.

Yes. Yes I do have something to say. I’d just rather write it.

I am a writer of epic and dark fantasy with so many more ideas in his wickedly wicked mind. A few of my short stories have been published in the macabre art and literature online children’s magazine, Underneath The Juniper Tree, which will see it’s way into a hard copy anthology in the summer of 2013. It is an honor. My short story, Envy, has been published in a collection entitled Seven Deadly Sins. I’ve been called an inspiration to aspiring writers to which I can only say: Aspire no more. I am writer who takes his writing serious…well as serious I think I can take it-it’s just too much fun. I endeavor to recreate legends and matter of fact, am envisioning new ones as you read this. But wait there’s more!

I am taken by the super Grimm Bros., Del Toro, fairy tales, twisted tales, dark and ominous scenery, Tolkien, metal music, and making a statement with everything I say, the color red; the darker the better, Rodman Serling was, is, the Man.

I am a self-proclaimed nerd, activist, poet, artist at heart, antagonist-enemy to all that is hate-photographer, Transformer, philosopher, singer…and most importantly of all, I am a lover, not a fighter, but I will fight for that and those which I love.

We embrace that which defines us, and I am happy, most definitely to be on this as yet beautiful path, because no one ever said that hope would be so beautiful.

Blog, Aspire No More


Website, The Stories


Ted Rechlin:

My name is Ted Rechlin. I like to draw pictures and make up stories. I started doing it when I was three years old and I haven’t stopped.

While (hopefully) the drawings have gotten a little better, the stories haven’t really changed much. They’re all about superheroes and bears and wolves, and sharks and monsters and stuff. Oh, and also dinosaurs. Lots and lots of dinosaurs. Because come on, dinosaurs are the best.

As an illustrator, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some really awesome projects for a variety of really amazing companies and publishers. I’ve drawn superheroes and monsters and dinosaurs for companies ranging from DC Comics to Dover Publications.

I do work for museums and zoos, drawing animals and doing paleo-art (that’s drawing dinos, and other prehistoric beasties, in technical speak). I actually get paid to draw dinosaurs! How awesome is that?

As an Author/Illustrator I’ve got three books under my belt. Changing of the Guard: The Yellowstone Chronicles, a children’s book about Yellowstone National Park today, and sixty five million years ago. Silvertip: A Year in the Life of a Yellowstone Grizzly, an educational graphic novel about a grizzly bear. And, Epsilon: A Yellowstone Wolf Story, another educational graphic novel about wolves.

As you might have guessed, I really like Yellowstone. And when I’m not working, I’m usually there, hiking in the backcountry.

Right now I’m hard at work on an epic dinosaur adventure graphic novel that you should be seeing in the not too distant future.




Katie Lawter:

Katie Lawter is a writer of the strange, illustrator of the stranger, and artisan of everything in between and beyond. When she isn’t creating masks for faceless darlings, she’s tossing her poor characters into sideshows, loony bins, Lovecraftian dungeons, and various other cozy environments.  She funds her much-needed supply of instant coffee by running a masquerade shop and selling organs on the black market.






Victoria Jakes:

Victoria Jakes grew up in Massachusetts, where she often wandered in haunted houses and napped in mysterious forests. She then traveled the world, searching for the Holy Grail, scuba diving with sharks, and eating bugs in ancient temples.

Now, Victoria lives in New Orleans with her two dogs, Midna and Jabberwocky. She writes weird, sexy horror and surreal ramblings about strange yet familiar worlds.

In her free time, Victoria fangirls, binge reads comic books, smashes the patriarchy, cares for wounded animals, and swears a lot.




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